The NFL regular season is over, the Super Bowl is just over one week away, and yet, people are already beginning to talk about the offseason and how it is going to change the NFL in 2011.
Players such as Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb and Carson Palmer have all claimed they are unhappy with their current situations and would like to be moved in the offseason. Rumors have been flying around as to where these players might end up and what teams are looking to make a big splash in the trade market or free agency.
Let's take a look at 10 trades that are going to happen before the start of the 2011 season.
Brandon Jacobs has made it clear that he is ready to leave New York and try and rebuild his career somewhere else.
The Miami Dolphins are in a position where they are all but certain to let one, if not both, of their running backs go. Ricky Williams said he wants out of Miami, and Ronnie Brown is a free agent this season.
The Dolphins have the No. 15 pick in the NFL draft, and a lot of experts believe they will go for a running back or a quarterback. They could trade this pick, but it might be a little too valuable for what Jacobs brings in return. Instead, look for the Dolphins to package a mid-round pick and another player, maybe even Williams, for Jacobs to come to South Beach.
The Carolina Panthers would ship Steve Smith from Carolina to New England in return for Logan Mankins and a third-round draft pick.
The Patriots are interested in adding a receiver, and both Smith and Vincent Jackson have been big names that have come up in talks. Mankins wanted a huge contract, which is why he sat out the first half and then some for the Patriots this season.
This is a deal that would give Tom Brady a legitimate No. 1 wideout to throw to. If Carolina doesn't have the type of money to get a deal done with Mankins, you might see the Patriots try to work something out with San Diego instead in return for Jackson.
Kyle Orton has shown he can put up big numbers in the NFL, but his time with the Denver Broncos very well could be limited.
Tim Tebow started the final three games for Denver, and it appears he is going to get every chance to prove he is worthy of a starting spot in 2011. Therefore, the Broncos could consider shopping Orton while he still has some value to his name.
A potential partner here could be the Seattle Seahawks. Matt Hasselbeck's days might be done in Seattle—and maybe in the NFL in general. The Seahawks have the 25th pick in the draft this year, and more than likely, every good quarterback will be gone at that point.
The Broncos would probably do this deal if they could get at least a second-round pick in return, and the Seahawks do have a pick in the second round. This is certainly a possibility that would temporarily solve Seattle's problems at the quarterback position.
The Chiefs are a good football team with a great rushing attack. The only issue on their offense, as far as skilled players go, is they really do need some more playmaking receivers.
Kansas City does have a late first-round pick, which they might be willing to part with if it means being able to bring in a receiver like Jackson to complement Dwayne Bowe. Jackson is obviously not happy with the Chargers, and they are not happy with him.
After the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, they showed that there should be no worry about trading a player in your division if you feel he doesn't have value to your team anymore. The Chiefs need him, and the Chargers are willing to give him for the right price, which could be KC's first-round pick.
Some say it's a real possibility; others say it's not going to happen.
Either way, Chad Ochocinco can't make up his mind where he wants to play, and quite frankly, it's not really where he wants to play anymore, it's who is willing to go out and get him.
Ochocinco's numbers have been down as of late, but NFL teams know he still has the talent. Sound familiar, New England? Deion Branch...anyone.
The Patriots would not have to give up all that much to land Ochocinco, and he does still have the talent of an NFL No. 1 wideout, something New England is certainly in the market for. They could get away with shipping a second-round pick for Ochocinco and come away with a very good bargain.
The Titans have come out and said that even though Jeff Fisher is gone, they still have plans to trade or release Young.
Tennessee is in a rebuilding mode. They have their franchise running back in Chris Johnson, and now they need to seek out a quarterback. The question here is, how valuable is Vince Young?
Since joining the Titans in 2006, Young has thrown as many touchdowns as he has interceptions. His 2010 pass completions dropped over 10 percent this past year. He has off-the-field personal issues he is still trying to cope with.
But in reality, Young is a better option than Chad Henne, and the Dolphins know that to be a fact. Miami has the No. 15 pick in the draft, which may be too high of a pick to give away for Young, but if they really do need a quarterback and feel like they aren't going to get the one they want at that pick, this could happen.
Well now, isn't this fitting? The Philadelphia Eagles acquiring a troubled NFL superstar who has really screwed himself up and is looking for a fresh start with a new team. I think we have seen this one before.
The NFL Network reported earlier this year that Haynesworth was willing to take less money to play for the Eagles next season. His top reason was so he could reunite with defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who Haynesworth played under while he had his best years in Tennessee.
Haynesworth's value has dropped so much in the past year that at this point, the Redskins are willing to get anything they can for him. It is pretty clear he won't be on the Redskins next season and Philly looks like a good fit. This trade would likely involve draft picks and maybe a player—but no one who is of too much significance.
Jim Harbaugh comes into San Francisco and one of the first things on his mind has to be how his team is going to find their next quarterback. The reality is quarterback of the future isn't on their roster now. That's a given.
Carson Palmer has stated he wants out of Cincinnati. In fact, he has gone as far as to say that if he isn't traded, he will go ahead and retire from football altogether.
The former USC Trojan still has value in the league, but his value isn't to the point where a team is just going to hand over their first-round pick for him. The 49ers have the 45th pick in the draft, which is an early-to-mid second-rounder, which is where Palmer is probably valued at right now.
The 49ers will get their quarterback either through the draft, trade or free agency. If it is through a trade, signs point to Palmer being their guy.
Well, we all saw how well the Donovan McNabb saga ended up in Washington.
After being benched near the end of the season, McNabb is all but done with the Redskins and will be looking for a new clean slate. Most likely, his final NFL stop before retirement. So where would be a good fit for McNabb?
Look no further than the Minnesota Vikings.
Despite having an awful year last season, the Vikings still have a talented football team that has the pieces in place to be a playoff team. If they go out and draft a quarterback with that No. 12 pick, they will have to build around him and accept the fact that he will be on a learning curve.
But, signs point to the Vikings wanting to compete right now, and their best chance at doing that is with a veteran quarterback like Donovan McNabb.
McNabb might not have the value for a first-round pick, but the eighth pick in the second round could look very tempting to the Redskins in return for a player who Mike Shanahan has made clear will not be the starting quarterback.
Arizona is desperate for a quarterback.
The Eagles have two of them, and Kolb is likely the odd man out here.
Arizona can make this deal if they want to. The Eagles are asking for a first-round pick in return for Kolb, and the Cardinals have the fifth pick of the NFL draft.
Kolb is a talented quarterback who has shown he can succeed in the NFL. If he Cardinals feel he is worth the fifth pick of the draft, then this deal will get done sooner than later.